BUFFALO, N.Y. – Christopher H. Koch, CEO of New Era Cap
Co., has been named the 2013 Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year
by the University at Buffalo School of Management.
The award will be presented at the 64th Annual School of
Management Alumni Association Awards Banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m.
on Nov. 6, at the Statler Hotel, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
Koch was selected by a vote of past honorees and the board of
directors of the alumni association, who cited his strategic vision
and commitment to Western New York.
A fourth generation CEO of the family-owned company, Koch has
exhibited drive and passion while carrying on his family name and
transforming the New Era brand into an iconic international
Headquartered in Buffalo, New Era is an international lifestyle
brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back more than
90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major
League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era is the
brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for
its accessories and apparel lines.
Koch participates on a variety of boards, including the Buffalo
Sabres Foundation, the National Federation for Just Communities of
Western New York and the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation.
This year he was appointed by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a
UB Council member. He has also served on the national board of the
Jackie Robinson Foundation since 2009.
Established in 1949, the Buffalo Niagara Executive of the Year
award is presented annually to an individual who resides in or has
a major impact on the region, and whose career has been
distinguished by executive success and civic leadership. Recent
honorees include Michael W. Cropp, president and CEO of Independent
Health, James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, Donna
M. Fernandes, president and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo, John R.
Koelmel, president and CEO of First Niagara Financial Group Inc.,
and Robert D. Gioia, president of The John R. Oishei
For information about the awards banquet, contact the School of
Management’s Office of Alumni and External Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News and World Report for the quality of its
programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates.
For more information about the UB School of Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.